The recent collapse of cases due to non-disclosure of relevant material by the Crown makes this area of law particularly topical. There has also been an increase in historical prosecutions over recent times, which require a close analysis of the law on abuse and its application to the particular facts.
Abuse of process is a very important area in criminal law and one that requires careful consideration by both defence lawyers and prosecutors. This course will assist you in recognising various forms of abuse and preparing and making applications in the context of criminal proceedings.
The course provides a comprehensive overview of the law on abuse, reviewing the procedure itself and addressing preparation of supporting documentation. It will cover all aspects including interaction with S78 of PACE and the European Convention and considers case law together with recent decisions.